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Maryland’s Purple Line Plan

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The 16-mile Purple Line, which would run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, is designed to provide faster and more-reliable east-west transit than buses and connect Maryland’s spokes of the Metrorail system with neighborhoods, MARC commuter rail stations and Amtrak stations.


Montgomery, Prince George’s leaders make final pitch for Purple Line

(Amanda Voisard / For The Washington Post)

County executives met with Maryland Gov. Hogan on Thursday to push for the building of the light rail line.

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Md. Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) says he’s betting on the governor building a cheaper version.


Hogan: Price of Purple Line is ‘not acceptable’

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

In interview, Maryland governor says cost of long-planned light-rail project must be “dramatically” reduced.


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Silver Spring residents petition for Purple Line changes near schools, homes

State should do more to separate students from trains and reduce impacts on homes, petition says.


Purple Line decision is viewed as ‘inherently political’

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Gov. Larry Hogan must navigate long-running political tensions of urban vs. rural and transit vs. roads.


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Big decisions on the highway and transit projects are coming.


Purple Line supporters tout more jobs, economic growth as decision looms

(Courtesy of Maryland Transit Administration / COURTESY OF MARYLAND TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION)

As Md. Gov. Larry Hogan considers the light-rail line’s fate, advocates say they’ve found economic benefits.


Md. lawmakers urge Gov. Hogan to approve Purple, Red light-rail lines

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

Letter from 60 legislators is the latest effort to convince Hogan that the transit systems are worth the money.